Tsue ~ That's What She Said: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Seasonal Scents ~ @Febreze_Fresh Prize Pack Give Away

Do you associate certain scents with memories or holidays?  I certainly do!  The scent of lilacs reminds me of childhood spring time, warm cinnamon and baking apples always smells fall.  Pumpkin and spice brings back fond memories of the full family gathered for Thanksgiving at my grandmother's home and cranberry and vanilla takes me back to Christmases past.

Photo Credit:  Eden Pictures Photography
Of course, many of these familiar and comforting holiday scents in my memory are sourced from activities and items that are not as available to nestle into my own children's memories.  Although I love to bake and create in the kitchen, I do not do as much home cooking as my grandmother or even my mother did for the holidays.  Even the sharp, green scent of a freshly cut Christmas Tree is not an aroma that my children are exposed to, except on the rare occasion I might put together a fresh bough or wreath as we keep an artificial tree.

Even without these scent naturally occurring, with help from a family favorite product, I can recreate those olfactory stimulated memories that have such a profound effect on me, welcome my guests and envelope my family with the same rich and comforting effect with Febreze Holiday Collections.

Febreze Holiday Scent Collection

Apple Spice & Delight 
The warming scent of fresh-baked apples coated with sweet cinnamon

Winter Magic & Glow 
Crisp as sunshine-lit icicles in fresh, frosty air

Glistening Alpine 
As soothing as a tree-lined mountainside glistening with the scent of pine


 Cranberries and Frost
Rich as ripe cranberries and frost on a white winter’s day


Photo Credit:  CJBoffoli Photography
Holiday Bloom & Cheer
As cheerful as a chorus of holiday aromas blended with winter blossoms

Cozy Vanilla Sugar 
Sweet as notes of vanilla that comfort you like a cocoon of blankets

Febreze Holiday NOTICEables, Cozy Vanilla Spray, Febreze Vanilla Candle


Given an opportunity to dress my home with the Cozy Vanilla Sugar line from the Febreze Holiday Collection was a delight for myself and my family, as well as my guests.  Although Febreze scented and neutralizing sprays are a regular staple used to keep my home smelling fresh and inviting, this was my first opportunity to enjoy the Febreze NOTICEables plug in line and scented candles and I was beyond pleased with both.  

Holiday Home Decor, Cozy Vanilla Sugar Scented Candle

I have frequently been tempted by various scented candles in the past, enticed by the fullness of their scent at first sniff, only to be disheartened and even disappointed by their inability to waft that same scent in my home while in use.  Not so with the Febreze candle!  The scent stayed true and warmed my room, easing into adjacent areas at a level that was subtle and not overpowering, yet distinct enough to create the tone I desired.

Cozy Vanilla Sugar plug in scent, Holiday Home Scents

I was even more pleased by my experience with the Febreze NOTICEables.  Quite some time has passed since I have used a plug-in scent and, frankly, my experience was less than ideal.  With a history of positive results from other Febreze products, I was hopeful and, in the end, not disappointed in the slightest.  

I placed  one unit in my home's foyer and another in the hallway of our second level.  Both units have performed beyond my hope, gently scenting both the common areas and the gentle scent is noticeable in other adjacent rooms as well.  Nearly the thirty day mark of our test, both units are still working as well as they did on day one, although I can easily see from the clear refill container that I will need to replace them in the upcoming days.  

I am completely taken with the ease and convenience of simply plugging them in and not having to fuss with dressing my home with a desirable fresh, scent.  Both family and guests enjoy being gently enveloped in the seasonal fragrance upon entering our home.

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Seasonal Scent Products, Scented Products That Work

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18+ and will end on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 9:00 am EST.   Winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries.  Winner will be notified by email and must respond by 9:00am EST on Thursday, January 10, 2013 or an alternative winner will be chosen.  If you email address is not available through your comment name, please leave it in your entry comment in anti spam format.

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I received Febreze products to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  The Febreze product, information, and winner gift pack have been provided by and will be shipped by Febreze.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences. NOTE: Febreze® does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blogsite.  Non-original images cited above.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ not responsible for nor involved in this giveaway in any fashion.

Stylish Accessories For Men ~ @Guess Watches

 Like the rest of my family, my husband maintains a very busy lifestyle, between work commitments, the kid's schedules and his seemingly never ending Honey Do list as we remodel our home.  Although off hours, his style can only be described as casual-convenient, he surprises me occasionally by wanting to dress to his best and treat me to an evening out, when he can find a sliver of time in our schedule.  Secretly, I suspect he enjoys an excuse to enjoy the finer things, although if I were to ask, I would likely be met with a mumbled response.

On The Town GUESS Collection, Men's Luxury Time Pieces, Must Have Gifts For Men

A clue to this conclusion is shopping with him.  Although I consider myself to be quite susceptible to a new look or display in the store, I often find I have lost him in our shopping journey to a similar display of dress shirts, jackets and, more frequently, men's watches.  Oh, yes - he has a thing for time pieces.

GUESS On The Town Men's Watch Collection, Stylish Gifts For Him

His penchant for the latest looks may have some base in that he is extraordinarily rough on watches, necessitating that we select based on quality, rather than on price.  At any given time, his personal stash includes at least two, in varying conditions, suitable for rough work, a couple for everyday wear and certainly one for special attire outings.

Water Resistant Luxury Sports Watch, 10 yr warranty Men's Sports Watch

When shopping for him for holidays or gifting occasions, he never fails to advise me, in varying levels of subtlety, of the latest watch models that have caught his attention, whether spied on a shopping excursion or that he has discovered online or in a print ad.  Top on his list this year, a sporty offering from the GUESS On The Town collection, a bold, adventurous look with gunmetal accents and a gray faux crocodile leather band.  Although some of the pieces in his collection have a more simple design, he always seems to be drawn to those with more complex faces and multiple dials.  Solid and well-constructed, I have no issue in gifting him a GUESS time piece as our prior experience with the line attests to the style and quality.  With the most recent selection easily taken care of, I am only left to wonder which new watch model will be next to catch his eye.

Gift His Wrist Wish

Guess

Masculine On The Town Sports Time Pieces

Multi dial Luxury Men's Watches, On The Town Collection GUESS Men's Watches
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What is your man's style?
Does he have a fetish or particular fondness for particular accessories?
Tell me in a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I received GUESS time pieces to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Non-original imaged cited above.

Reader Appreciation ~ New Year 50 Give Away

After such mixed year, both challenging and rewarding, I would like to take a moment to thank all my cherished regular readers who have supported That's What She Said.  We appreciate your visits and, even more so, your comments as we seek out those things that particularly pique our attention and share our life and thoughts along the way.

Vintage Greeting Card, Vintage Art Work

Just for you, we are offering a That's What She Said sponsored giveaway to allow the lucky reader an opportunity to shop for something special to pamper themselves or for a special treat for someone they care about.  We hope that you continue to join us in 2013 as we continue to explore, discover and share.


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This giveaway is open to residents Worldwide and will end on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.   Winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries.  Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or an alternative winner will be chosen.  If you email address is not available through your comment name, please leave it in your entry comment in anti spam format.

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Must Have Gifts 2012


Must Have Holiday Gifts Fro Him, Must Have Holiday Gifts For Her, Must Have Holiday Gifts 2012


Mohawk Home 

US Manufacturer,  Mohawk offers a comprehensive collection 
of beautiful flooring options for your home.


Mohawk Home, Teen Room Decor, Easy Decor Solutions, Dressing Home For Holidays

Mohawk, the world's largest manufacturer of stylish, quality flooring,
offers collections of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile 
and area rugs to suit your home's decor.

Read our personal review and enter to win 
your choice of gorgeous Mohawk Home Area Rugs!



Sculpted, marbled chocolate truffles filled with hazelnut praline.
Over 50 years of excellence in chocolate excellence.

Hazelnut Praline Filled Chocolate Truffles, Marbled Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Gift Set

To Guy Foubert, founder of Chocolaterie Guylian, chocolate making was an art. He was a visionary dedicated to creating the ultimate chocolate experience, one that no other chocolate could match in quality or taste experience. It is for this reason that the original, signature chocolate truffle recipe has been unchanged for more than 50 years and why each of our chocolate seashells and seahorse chocolates has the Guylian quality signature.


Read our personal review and enter giveaway to win 
an exquisite gift set of fine chocolate truffles from Guylian!



Unique gifts and collectibles

Artisan Created Kaleidoscopes, Limited Edition Parlour Kaleidoscope, Modern Glass Art Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes, teleidoscopes, artglass, and hand made marbles

Explore the unique gifts of Kaleidoscopes For You,
read our personal review and enter Padauk Hardwood Teleidoscope Giveaway.


Home Decor From Etsy

unique handcrafted gifts for everyone

Mandy's Wall on Etsy, Insolent Indulgences on Etsy, DressAShade on Etsy, Rose and Co Decor on Etsy, Animal Print Gifts, Teen Gifts, Animal Trend Decor


Discover a world of  artisan gifts for every budget and style.

Mandy's Wall ~ Animal Print Wall Set     Insolent Indulgences ~ Animal Print Mirror
  
  
DressAShade ~ Velvet Shade Cover   Rose And Co Decor ~ French Distressed Animal Print  Frame




Must Have Gifts For Her 2012, Holiday Beauty Gifts, Holiday Fashion Gifts, Gifts For Wemen



a timekeeping accessory company with a focus on lifestyle driven fashion


Leopard Accessories, Leopard and Crystal Watch, Watch Gifts For Teens, Watches For Women

Explore the fiercely gold and fabulous collection from Guess Watches.

Constant attention to new ideas and cutting-edge design
keep the brand relevant to today’s trends.

See more Animal Trend styles and read our personal review.



Beautiful Dressing Shouldn't Be Complicated

Casual Dresses, Evening Dresses, Chic Accessories, Fabulous Shoes, Holiday Wish List, Must Have Holiday Gifts For Women

From stylish day wear to fabulous evening attire 
as well as all the perfect accessories a woman needs 
to create the perfect holiday look!  

See more of the Shabby Apple Collections and 
enter the Shabby Apple Gift Certificate Giveaway!


Langston's Western Wear

Classic Western Wear, Work and Casual Apparel


Stylish Western Boots, New Women's Boots, Langston's Western Wear, Fab Fall Footwear


Langston's Western Wear sells western, work, and casual wear both online and in its four metro Oklahoma City area stores. For over 80 years Langston's has offered quality products from top manufacturers like Levi's Jeans, Wrangler, Ariat Boots, Cinch, Cruel Girl, Dickies Work Wear, Justin Boots, Tony Lama Boots, and more.


and read our personal review.




a timekeeping accessory company with a focus on lifestyle driven fashion



Wrist Wish, Guess Men's Watches, Stylish Gifts For Men


Bold, Chunky, Euro design
GUESS For Him

See more of the GUESS On The Town Collection 
and read our personal review.


Sporty, Luxury Time Pieces For Men

Explore the sporty Streetwise collection from GUESS for Him 
and read our personal review.



Hello Kitty 
by Sanrio

small gift, big smile!



Hello Kitty Handbags, Hello Kitty Fab, Hello Kitty For Women
Hello Kitty Tokidoki Handbag


Explore our Hello Kitty top picks
 in bags, accessories, apparel and tech gear for the season



helping navigate your way to straighter, more beautiful hair

Fabulous Hair Tools, Gifts For Teens, Gifts For Women, Cool Hair Tools

Cortex 450 Giraffe Design Titanium Flat Iron

of the Cortex Flat Iron and Thermal Shine Product from Flat Iron Experts



Introducing a brand revolutionary in its Human Colours concept
that makes products suitable for anyone - regardless of skin tone, age or style.


Fine Gifts For Women, Bold Cosmetics, Designer Cosmetics, Must Have Fab

ELLIS FAAS Human Colours creamy Collection
Explore the fine cosmetics line of ELLIS FAAS
and read our personal review.



Coolibar

Active Wear And Apparel ~  Sun Protection You Wear


Sun Protective Wear For Women, Stylish Protective Wear

UPF50+ Sun Protecive Wear for Women, Men and Children.
Stylish, quality pieces perfect for destination holidays, fun in the sun and outdoor activity.

Read our personal review 
and enter the Coolibar Jacket Giveaway.


UGG

luxury, comfort, quality


Chic Leopard Slippers, Stylish Zebra Slippers, UGG Slippers For Women




Universally flattering, distinctive cosmetics

Luxury Neutral Eye Color Collection, Naked 12 Color Collection, Cosmetics Gift Set




Best Holiday Toys, New Toys 2012, Top Toys For Gifts


Museum quality replicas, figures, gifts and toys

Realistic Figures, Collectible Figures, Educational Holiday Gifts

Play is the essential joy of childhood.  Through play, children learn about themselves, their environment and the larger world.  At Safari, we design toys that assist in the joy of play.  
In a highly technical work, the most endangered species is the imagination.  Perhaps we should spell that with a capital "I".  Without imagination, the individual loses the creative spark.  We intend to never let that happen.    ~ Bernard A. Rubel, Rosemarie Rubel

and enter Marine Animal Prize Pack Giveaway!



Authentic Collector's Series
Hot Toys For Boys 2012, Building Sets For Boys, Top Holiday Gifts For Boys 2012

Establish your army, build and expand your units with the Halo Covenant Wraith by Mega Bloks! The Wraith is heavily armored with a pair of Fuel Rod Cannons. It serves as the Covenant’s mobile anti-aircraft artillery but can do massive damage to both air and ground targets.

Read our personal review and 
enter Halo Covenant Wraith Building Playset Giveaway!



Unique Gifts For Children, Unexpected Stocking Stuffers


Unique Gifts For Children, Unique Gifts For Teens, Wooden Teleidoscope, Teleidoscope Giveaway

Kaleidoscopes, teleidoscopes, artglass, and hand made marbles

Explore the unique gifts of Kaleidoscopes For You,

read our personal review and enter Padauk Hardwood Teleidoscope Giveaway.



Hello Kitty 
by Sanrio

small gift, big smile!



Hello Kitty Collectible Gifts, KISS Collectibles

Hello Kitty KISS Collection

Explore our Hello Kitty top picks
 in bags, accessories, apparel and tech gear for the season


by Microsoft

Must Have Gamer Gifts, Xbox Holiday Bundles


by Microsoft

Gamer Holiday Must Have Gifts, Top Gifts For Gamers


Creative Constructions Sets 

Best Toys For Boys, Creative Construction Sets For Kids

Find out why K'nex is tops on our list of creative toys for kids 



NERF or Nothin'!

NERF Gift Sets, Tech Infused Action Toys For Kids




GAEMS

quality portable gaming and entertainment experiences

Must Have XBox Accessories, Gifts for Gamers



XBox Games

Games Titles for XBox 360


EA Games for XBox, Sports Games for XBox, Top Family Friendly XBox Game Tittles


Read our list of 
Top Ten Family Friendly XBox Game Titles 2012



What were the top gifts on your lists this year?
Tell me in a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I received a variety of products from various retailers, manufacturers and PR representatives to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.   The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Some images above are stock photos or sourced directly from retailers websites.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Tech Spins On Classic Fun ~ @NerfNation

With children of older ages, both tween and teen, I am accustomed to the draw of pushing limits and the appeal of new twists to favorite activities and games. Even if their adventures involve the comfort and safety of our own backyard, fun in the cloak of evening adds a much desired element of excitement no matter the activity.  Whether an evening dip in the pool, a game of basketball or wall ball or even a camp out, complete with tent, flashlights and spooky tales, if it occurs after the sun has set, the fun factor is greatly multiplied.

Much like the excitement of games of laser tag, keeping a supply of toys and equipment on hand to accommodate their evening antics helps ensure they will stay out of trouble and, as a secret added benefit, helps Mom keep track of their activities in a stealthy fashion.  When I discover a new contender for fun in the dark of evening or in the darkened rec room in off season, I am quick to snatch them up!

Lighted Hyper Bounce Ball, Lighted NERF Sports Frames

When I ran across the NERF FIREVISION collection, I knew they would make the perfect addition to my son's supplies for cold weather season sleepovers.  With cool, night vision Sports Frames, a tech-coordinated Hyper Bounce Ball, and the option to pick up addition frames for friends or a set complete with a mini NERFOOP , perfect for use indoors, even the tech-geek in me was piqued.

Cool, techy gifts for tweens
NERF FIREVISION
NERF Sports Frames and Hyper Bounce Ball coordinate together when powered by four alkaline batteries, which are included conveniently in the set.  Uber cool red lighting from the frames allows users to identify and find the lighted Hyper Bounce Ball.  The FIREVISION is equally functional in both daylight, interior light and in lack of light, although play in the dark certainly adds an extra element of fun!  Although my tween son and his friends have been enjoying their indoor play, they can't wait for a break in the weather to test out the Hyper Bounce Ball out of doors, as it boosts a 100 foot bounce range, adding significant value to the specialized lighting to help ensure they keep it in sight.

Gifts for Tweens, Active Tech Gifts
Ages 6+     $5.99 - $14.99
My family has always been pleased with the quality of other NERF products we have enjoyed over the years and our high opinion continues after putting the NERF FIREVISION Hyper Bounce Ball and accessories to the test.  Choosing to pick up additional sets to gift to my nephews for our upcoming holiday gift gathering was one of the easiest holiday gift decisions I have made yet this season.

NERF FIREVISION

Lights Out, Game On

available at the HasbroToyShop and at retailers near you


Do your children enjoy NERF products?
Which have been their favorites?
Tell me in a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I received various Hasbro products to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Non-original images cited above.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top 10 XBox 360 Family Game Titles 2012 ~ Amazon Gift Code Give Away

With adding a long-awaited new gaming system to the household, the necessity of ensuring we have an assortment of popular XBox 360 game titles available for immediate play presents the less than savvy gamer's mom with a new challenge.  I have little doubt my son could rattle off a list long enough to spin my head, however the most popular titles are not necessarily the titles I would agree he is ready for.  Thank goodness for age appropriateness game ratings!

eC 
early childhood, intended for young children
E  
everyone, suitable for all ages
E10+
generally suitable for ages ten and older
Teen
generally suitable for teens, ages 13 and older
Mature
suggested as suitable for those over the age of 17
Ao
intended for mature audiences only
RP
assigned to promotional and marketing copies prior to 
review and rating assignment by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board

Despite my best efforts to find a listing of best XBox 360 titles for mom gaming dummies, my lack of discovery led to a bit of ingenuity.  The logical place to start for me was a sorted view of the latest XBox titles at Amazon. Based upon purchase popularity of newer titles, I was quickly able to compile the list below of XBox 360 titles appropriate for my family.

Family Friendly XBox 360 Games, Family Video Games
Just Dance 4 by Ubisoft   E10+

Various themes of dancing fun promoting healthy movement including Dance Off competitions, Dance Crew options for groups of participants, Work Out Sessions and over forty popular songs and party tracks.

Best Family XBox 360 Sports Games, New Sports Video Games
Madden NFL 13  by Electronic Arts    E for Everyone


The latest in game play features and options including the ability to for players to build their own football franchise from a variety of relevant roles.  Designed to provide feel of live broadcast to enhance game play excitement.

Family Friendly XBox Game Titles, Dance Games for XBox
Just Dance Disney Party by Ubisoft   E for Everyone

Offers twenty-five new songs for healthy movement, complete with dance choreography and song lyrics for full fun immersion.  Easy parental controls to create playlist loops of favorite songs, as well as family dance play options.

Top Family XBox 360 Video Games, Disney XBox Game Titles
Epic Mickey 2 by Disney Interactive Studios  E for Everyone

New original game story with a host of familiar, new and forgotten Disney characters.  Adventures and challenges abound for the whole family.

Best XBox 360 Sports Game Titles, Basketball Games for XBox
NBA 2K13 by 2K Sports   E for Everyone

Enhanced court action with a variety of current and former NBA super stars, offering improved passing ability, signature skills and new ability to map out players.

Best Sports Titles for XBox 360, Soccer XBox 360 Games
FIFA SOCCER 13 by Electronic Arts   E for Everyone
Immersion into the world of current soccer players, teams and leagues, with enhanced mechanics for both offensive and defensive play.  Multi player and social play options, along with Kinect voice command adds to making this title the most realistic international soccer title available for fans.

Family Fun XBox 360 Video Games, Fantasy XBox Video Games
Lego Lord of the Rings by Warner Bros   E10+

Offers game play based upon The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, with over sixty characters and a wide variety of weaponry and magical skills for family pairs to team up to face and conquer foes on their journey.

Family Xbox 360 Game Titles, Popular XBox Games for kids
Angry Birds Trilogy by Activision   E for Everyone
Wildly popular characters featured in nineteen episodes, offering new levels and opportunities for fun in earning achievements and trophies.

XBox 360 Titles for kids, Top XBox Kid Games
Skylanders Giants by Activision   E10+


Skylanders fans will be thrilled to allow the previously banished Skylanders Giants back into play with this well conceived starter kit.  Kit contains Video Game, Portal of Power, three characters, character poster, stickers, secret codes and trading cards.

Super Hero XBox 360 Games, Lego XBox 360 Titles
Lego Batman 2 by Warner Bros   E10+
Brimming in super hero fun, this title offers a wealth of Batman characters working together and opposing Justice League characters.  Gadgets, super abilities and in-game dialog and exciting story line make this a desirable library addition.


I received no promotional items or compensation for promoting this giveaway event.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping the prize.  Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in, nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion. Images sourced from Amazon.com.
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